Recent Central America reviews

  • Papagayo Paradise

    "We highly recommend staying at Vista Hermosa if you are planning a stay on the Papagayo Peninsula!! It is beautifully appointed with gorgeous art and stylish furnishings. The main living and dining space has a huge balcony and there are also individual balconies off of each bedroom, an infinity pool right next door - all of which overlook the driving range and ocean. There is also a nicely equipped kitchen and great jetted tub in the master bath! If you are looking for relaxation - this is the place. A typical day was waking up early, driving the golf cart 9 holes looking for monkeys and birds, checking out a beach or two (again with barely a soul in sight!). Back for some breakfast and then going to either the Prieta Beach Club, Four Seasons or Andaz to hang out with a day pass. The Andaz adult pool was awesome, with howlers and white-faced monkeys lazing in the trees around the pool all day, plus a couple of coco-loco tropical drinks and some cevice - can life get any better? If had the kids with us they would have loved the family pools at the Andaz and Four Seasons too. In the afternoon we'd hang out by the condo pool (basically our own pool as nobody else was ever there during our entire stay!). For dinner, sometimes we would grill (we stocked up at the Mercado in Coco and Liberia - we preferred Liberia - both about a 45 minute drive) and sometimes we'd head out to a restaurant (lots of options close by!). We did get some great tenderloin and lamb chops at the butcher (Carnes San Martin - stellar, right by airport in the Solarium development at the back left hand side). The grill is awesome and I was able to sous-vide some ribs and sear them on the grill; sooooo good. Note, a great place to go and see the sunset is the 3rd hole or the Prieta Beach Club. Honestly, the decisions to be made were really about which beach, what drink? It was that good. Totally recommend it! Bari is awesome too - makes scheduling anything easy. Took the boat to a few beaches and saw the caves one day. Was a nice change of pace and learned to paddle-board too. She also arranged for our car - which was great. Another tip is to get duty-free rum after you land in Liberia - it is right in baggage area. A liter of Flor De Cana there will set you up for the week!! Book it. You'll love it!"
    Guest: Kara Sutherland Date of Stay: April 2016 Review Submitted: May 15, 2016
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  • Great Place...superstar owner

    "My friend and i have been traveling for 17 years and started doing apts in 2002 by chance, should have had the foresight to start VRBO! In all that time we have never had an owner more organized than we had for this apt. She is intensely organized and leaves no stone unturned. One cool thing is the guest cupboard which is locked so maids dont take what we all leave behind and rather we leave it for eachother...think extra coffee filters, sugar, coffee, olive oil etc. Internet is generally an issue in Honduras but at least you have your own router here...try off hours is all for streaming otherwise email etc is fine. The room has two bathrooms [one en-suite and one in the hall] and a very large balcony. I'd note you are better off in this location between the pool and the main building than over the pool as the pool can be very loud and it's nice to get away. take advantage of $10 water taxis to west end available at the resorts dock or grab someone right there to fish, snorkle, dive, stand up paddle etc. Was very safe and fun enviroment and the owner is a 10 out of 9!"
    Guest: stuart m. Date of Stay: January 2016 Review Submitted: January 26, 2016
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  • Sharon and Greg W Ontario, Canada

    "It was our second visit to the condo ; this time for 9 weeks. The spacious balcony located above the pool is sunny with partial shade. It provides a fine view of the surrounding landscape. The interior is well furnished and the kitchen has everything you need. Groceries and car/golf cart rentals are a 5 minute walk beyond the security gates. There are numerous shops, local markets and restaurants along the 1 km stroll to the ocean. Should you choose to do some excursions be sure to drop in on the Sibu Tours storefront. Their services cannot be beat. The condo provides all the amenities needed. The owners ensure everything is as advertised. Milagro, the management company, are great people to work with. Using this condo as a base will ensure a comfortable, safe and carefree vacation."
    Guest: Greg & Sharon Date of Stay: January 2016 Review Submitted: April 2, 2016
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  • Granada Paradise!

    "My husband, two kids (15 and 11) and I stayed at Hotel Xalteva for a week. We travel a great deal and we're extremely adventurous. We came to Granda to go volcano boarding and chose Granada as our home base. Our experience at Hotel Xalteva was absolutely amazing! I can't rave about it more. The location is in the middle of Granda, but you're encapsulated in an oasis of beauty! The hotel staff is first class. To say they're helpful, is a huge understatement. The continental breakfast under the pergola is divine and includes an assortment of fresh fruit, yogurt, granola, cakes, bread, fresh juice and coffee. It's perfection! The condos are impeccably clean and I'm picky! The condos are laid out well, beautiful, clean and have everything you need. I highly suggest arranging a home cooked meal brought in. The mother-in-law of Melissa, the manager, is am amazing cook. She made us rice, plantains, beans, pice de gallo, chicken, potatoes and carrots. We feasted on that for days! Shear heaven and perfect for us because our kids get sick of eating out. To reiterate, the staff (Melissa, Tania, Anna, Louis, etc.) are top notch. If you need anything, they will get it for you or make it happen. The pool is fantastic! I heard it's the best pool in Granada and I believe it. There's a guard at night who closes the doors at 8:30PM. You can ring the bell to get in. in other words, it's completely secure. You can easily walk to town, restaurants, the market, etc. I always felt safe in Nicaragua and we traveled to Leon, San Juan Del Sur, throughout Managua, Apoyo Lagoon, Mombacho and more. My 15 year old daughter declared this her favorite trip ever and that's saying a lot. A great deal of that has to do with Hotel Xalteva. If you're considering Nicaragua, you must stay here even if just for a few nights. I would like to be here for months! I can't wait to go back someday. One last thing-Melissa arranged for us to tour a school in the Islets. Amazing experience! That afternoon, my daughter and I did some shopping for items the director told us they need. Ezequiel, a friend to Hotel Xalteva, helped us get to the correct stores. Hotel Xalteva made everything easy and wonderful! I may cry when I leave. Before we even booked Hotel Xalteva, I spoke to Jay, the owner, and corresponded with him via email. He's very prompt with responding and couldn't have been more friendly. The entire experience was pure heaven and joy!"
    Guest: Gillian S. Date of Stay: March 2016 Review Submitted: March 30, 2016
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